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Jonathan Babineaux Hoping To Sign An Extension With The Falcons

Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports that has been no progress between the Atlanta Falcons and DT Jonathan Babineaux regarding a contract extension.

Babineaux, 32, has been one of the Falcons few bright spots on a very poor defensive unit, which is something that Falcons HC Mike Smith is well aware of.

“Well, Jonathan Babineaux, I think, has really had a very good season,” Smith said. “He’s been very disruptive. You know, Jonathan makes those plays in the defensive backfield – many times he’s led the league since we’ve been here in minus-yardage plays.”

Babineaux is in the final year of a five-year, $25 million contract he signed back in 2008. He has 38 total tackles this season with seven of them coming behind the line of scrimmage to go along with a sack, a forced fumble and two fumble recoveries.

Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 28 defensive tackle in the league and a well above average run defender.

Babineaux has made it known that he would like to sign an extension with Atlanta.

I definitely want to finish my career here in Atlanta,” Babineaux said. “I started here. I’ve been through the good times, the bad times. And I definitely want to finish here. So, we’ll have a lot of time for that in the offseason — for them and me to decide on something. Hopefully, I’ll be able to continue my career here.”

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